Distributor Safety Awards Presenter

Celebrating The CGA & GAWDA Distributor Safety Award Winners

October 23, 2023

Since 2011, CGA has partnered with the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) to promote a focus on safety and adherence to best practices. Participants in the Distributor Safety Program get a wide range of resources including access to CGA’s 350+ safety publications, a growing library of eLearning modules, safety posters for gas facilities and end users, and educational programs. This year, more than 75 GAWDA distributor members participated in the program.

Participating distributor members are also eligible for the Distributor Safety Award, which recognizes the greatest improvement in personnel safety performance over a five-year period. The individual company data submitted by GAWDA members is kept confidential, and the aggregate results are used to monitor overall industry safety trends. In the last 10 years, participants in the Distributor Safety Program have demonstrated a significant reduction in recordable injuries as well as a decline in lost workday cases.

The award is presented in two categories based on the submitting company’s total number of employee exposure hours. The winning companies were recognized at the GAWDA Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii on October 4, 2023 and will also be recognized at the 2024 CGA Annual Meeting.

CGA is pleased to recognize the winners of the 2022 Distributor Safety Award for their commitment to improving industry safety. Our congratulations go to:

100,000 or Fewer Employee Exposure Hours
Core Industrial Gases Inc.

More than 100,000 Employee Exposure Hours
Mid-South Welding Supply, Inc.

“On behalf of the entire Core Industrial Gases team, I want to express our profound gratitude to the CGA for selecting us as the recipients of the esteemed CGA & GAWDA Distributor Safety Award. This recognition is an extraordinary honor and a testament to the collective dedication and hard work of our team.  Receiving this award is not just a moment of pride; it reaffirms our commitment to safety as the cornerstone of our operations. It underscores the significance of our continuous efforts to uphold the highest standards of safety in the industrial gas distribution industry.” said Ben Ciceri, CEO of Core Industrial Gases.

We invite all GAWDA distributor members to join us as we work to continuously improve industry safety. For more information on the Distributor Safety Program, please visit https://www.gawda.org/resources/cga-subscription-program/ or email GAWDASubscription@cganet.com.

CGA & GAWDA Distributor Safety Award Winners

Year100,000 or Fewer Employee Exposure HoursMore than 100,000 Employee Exposure Hours
2022Core Industrial Gases Inc.Mid-South Welding Supply, Inc.
2021Badger Welding Supplies, Inc.Industrial Source
2020Northern Gases & Supplies, Inc.WestAir Gases & Equipment
2019Andy Oxy Company Inc.Industrial Source, Inc.
2018Willard C. Starcher, Inc.S.J. Smith Co., Inc.
2017Island Supply Welding CompanyWelders Supply Co. of Louisville
2016Liberty Supply, Inc.Weldstar
2015Spectrum Gas Products, Inc.CTR, Inc.
2014Wagner Welding SupplyCoastal Welding Supply, Inc.
2013Cryo Weld CorporationLampton Welding Supply
2012Minneapolis Oxygen Co.Melo’s Gas and Gear
2011Willard C. Starcher, Inc.Coastal Welding Supply, Inc.